Investigation of conductive hybrid polymer composites reinforced with copper micro fibers and carbon nanotubes produced by injection molding

Saeed Doagou-Rad*, Aminul Islam, Steffen Antusch, Judith Jung, Alexander Klein, Klaus Plewa, Volker Piotter

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Abstract

Conductive polymeric composites have proved themselves invaluable for novel manufacturing and applications. In this paper, production and properties of injection moldable conductive plastics to replace metal circuits especially in micro components are investigated. Polymeric composites containing conductive micro and nano fillers are designed and characterized experimentally and numerically. Results show that hybridization of Copper micro fibers and carbon nanotubes enhances the conductivity properties two orders of magnitude while reducing the weight and cost of the composites. Moreover, the new injection moldable conductive plastics show improved mechanical and surface properties. The research endeavors to provide novel multifunctional solutions for future components with complex geometries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100566
JournalMaterials Today Communications
Volume20
Number of pages7
ISSN2352-4928
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
  • Electrical properties
  • Mechanical properties
  • Microstructures
  • Injection molding

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